Fourth of July

 Red Skelton is amazing here – Please watch and have a happy and safe 4th of July!!

God Bless Our Troops

THE SOLDIER’S POEM

When this is over
And we come home again,
Forget the band
And cheers from the stand;
Just have the things
Well in hand –
The things we fought for.
UNDERSTAND?

                                                                                 _____Pfc C.G. Tiggas

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ONLY A SAILOR

He’s only a sailor on the boundless deep,
Under foreign skies and tropical heat.
Only a sailor on the rolling deep,
In summer rain and winter sleet.

____Unknown

Remember when it was popular to be patriotic?  We had fun back then!!

Parades and picnics!!

Even the kids got involved!

 

 

Please remember that fireworks can cause PTSD reactions.  Please be considerate.  Thank you.

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Fourth of July – Humor or Truth ?

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Kenneth Alsdurf – Syracuse, NE; US Army Air Corps, WWII, PTO, 11th Airborne Division

Phyllis Cox Birney – Floral City, FL; Civilian US Army & Air Force employee (Ret.)

Ray Flow – Broadway, NC; US Army

Dick Hickman – Louisville, KY; US Air Force, Vietnam, MSgt. (Ret), Bronze Star

Paul Hubble (103) – W.Palm Beach, FL; US Navy, WWII

Jack Jennings – Bronx, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, Lt.Col. (Ret. 30 yr.), fighter pilot

Cyril Maceyka – Waltham, MA; USMC, WWII, PTO

Oiva Pakka – Butte, MT; US Army Air Corps, WWII, CBI, 1st LT., B-29 navigator

Kenneth Steele – Kansas City, MI; US Navy, WWII, ETO

Franklin Trapkin – Ramsey, NJ; US Army, WWII

Robert Uhlman – Des Moines, IA; USMC, WWII, PTO

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on July 4, 2017, in Current News, Home Front, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 177 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    I realize this is October, but this goes to show how far I’m behind in my emails. The point is our Pledge of Allegiance is good every day of the year.

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  2. I’m a little late… but I loved the video! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. He is a great person, I love the way he talked and I respect what he is trying to say!

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  4. I don’t know where you found it. But that presentation by Red Skelton was wonderful! Thank you for sharing it here.

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  5. Happy 4th of July for all my American friends

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    • You bet!
      Someone from another country said he didn’t go to American sites on the 4th because of the sticky, gooey patriotism that pours out on that day.
      I told him I was American and my site was sticky, gooey and patriotic every day and proud of it!!!!!

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  6. What a powerful video by Red Skelton!

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  7. GP, this entire post touched my heart — the Soldier’s Poem especially. With liberty and justice *FOR ALL*! Wouldn’t it be a shame if someone said that “under God” made The Pledge of Allegiance a prayer, and that it would be eliminated from schools too?

    Yes, it IS a shame – as are many things being done to dilute education, drip by drip, especially now.

    So well done. I hope your 4th of July celebration was as meaningful as this post. Thank you for sharing.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  8. Just old “Red” demonstrating his brilliance! Thanks for posting this.

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  9. hi GP – we fixed the page – the exercises can be printed now ! sorry about that!

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  10. GP – Red Skelton appears in this classic with John Wayne:
    https://biggeekdad.com/2014/09/john-wayne-1970/

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  11. Superb post, GP!
    In a related vein, watch the choir at Hillsdale College sing “America the Beautiful”:
    https://www.hillsdale.edu/america/

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  12. Red has to be one of the best original comedians! A true master.
    Happy Independence Day!

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  13. That has always been my favorite reading and definition of our pledge

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  14. I’m getting over here a day late but I love your post! Aren’t we glad we grew up when we did? I know I am. It breaks my heart to see so many Americans fighting against their own country from within. They just don’t understand. But it truly warms my heart to see all of the people who love this country and band together to show it! Thanks, GP! 😀 ❤

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  15. Beautiful post, GP. Bless you! 💝

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  16. What a great solders poëm

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  17. I don’t remember where I saw this the first time, but I have always liked it. So poignant! Thanks for featuring it.

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  18. Reblogged this on KCJones and commented:
    Being a PATRIOT is more than TWEETING

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  19. I saw Red Skelton in ’83 (?) I think it was. Funny beyond compare. 😅 I may be an exception but I don’t want those days of bigotry, of institutionalized racial and religious bias back (50’s). I think they should teach history and civics for sure but again, not the propagandist versions I was exposed to between ’56 and ’68. I think the school systems decided to drop those as opposed to teaching truths. I am gratefully American and I want our country to fully embrace the ideals, not the words, of the constitution and federalist papers. (I still think Lincoln was our best president) ☺ Whew! A long response for me.

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    • I understand many schools, especially the higher learning, are cutting out History altogether. You can’t learn from something you don’t know.

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      • Agreed. I remember how bad a job they did though, how sterile it was. Learning names and dates is not history, it’s just memorization. History is interesting, as is your blog. Schools did not teach history this way, unfortunately. They did not have a balanced approach. Yes, we should teach history in schools, legitimately.

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        • I guess I was lucky. I had teachers like that, but my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Kehoe, made things interesting, as did my father. So much so that I was about that age when I read “The Naked and the Dead” by Norman Mailer.

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